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1. Instead of using the entire phrase 'What did you say?', the Spanish speaker frequently uses only the first word, i.e. , just as we may say only 'What?'

2.Note that here, and in the other phrases above and below which also have the form in them, that the idea of 'someone' actually saying the word is not given: rather, the word says itself, which makes this construction impersonal, and which is translated into English as 'is said' or 'you say'. The Spanish construction used is the reflexive construction.

3. More literally, 'Does it (the elevator) go up or does it go down?'



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